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Militancy burgeoning in absence of Democracy: Lisa Curtis


In absence of a competitive democratic system Islamic militancy is beginning to thrive, commented Lisa Curtis a senior research fellow of the Heritage Foundation and an expert on South Asian affairs... More

Bangladesh hosts IPU conference on 1-5 April


Bangladesh parliament is hosting the 136th assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a global organisation of parliaments, on 1-5April. Speakers, deputy speakers, parliament members and representatives from 130 countries are expected to... More

Sri Lanka makes strong case to woo Hong Kong investor interest


Sri Lanka this Friday (17 March) made its strongest effort to woo interest from Hong Kong-based companies, fund managers and investors, highlighting recent macroeconomic progress as well as measures to boost... More

First-ever Sri Lanka Investment Summit in Hong Kong kicks off today


Nearly 200 foreign delegates are scheduled to attend the first-ever Finance Asia-organised and multi-stakeholder-supported Sri Lanka Investor Summit in Hong Kong today (16 March) at the iconic Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Organisers said as... More

Alternative narrative needed to counter violent extremism


It is not a counter narrative, but an alternative narrative that is required to counter violent extremism. The government must formulate polices for counter radicalisation. The law enforcement must understand the... More

Experts denounce Indian attempts to hegemonise SAARC


Scholars at a roundtable discussion in Islamabad sharply certified India for their attempts to hegemonise SAARC by isolating Pakistan. This was the unanimous view of the experts at the one-day roundtable... More

SAARC conclave on legal issues held


A two-day SAARC Law Conclave session concluded on Sunday evening at the Indian Institute of Legal Studies in Dagapur Siliguri, India. The issues discussed at the session were- improved connectivity between... More

13th ECO summit to be held in Islamabad from 26-28 Feb


The 13th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member countries will be held in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad from 26 to 28 Feb this year. ‘Connectivity for Regional Prosperity’ is the theme... More

Brahmaputra Lit Fest in Guwahati


It was late in the afternoon that we reached Guwahati on 27 January, a beautiful sunny day. The winter chill hadn’t quite set in. It was festive season in Assam, being... More

E-9 education conference begins in Bangladesh


A high-level conference of E-9, a forum of nine high-population countries, began here Sunday to discuss policies necessary for the member states to achieve the United Nations' education-related "Sustainable Development Goal-4".... More

Nepal Investment Summit in March


With a target to attract over $1 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI), the Nepal Investment Summit to be held on March 2-3 in Kathmandu. The Investment Board of Nepal (IBN) and... More

China’s modern ‘Silk Road’ plans discussed at Yangon meeting


A recent briefing looking at China’s One Belt One Road strategy and Myanmar opportunities was held at the Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon. The Briefing was well attended, with over 100 attendees... More

SL prepares to hold WEF 2018


The 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF) is to be held in Sri Lanka, coinciding with Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day Celebration. The WEF brings together the world’s top political leaders and financiers... More

23 BD rivers die due to upstream water withdrawal


A total of 23 rivers in Bangladesh have died due to upstream withdrawal of waters. Water security has further been threatened by the impact of climate change. Ground water levels have... More

One Belt One Road conference concludes with 8-point declaration


The first edition of One Belt One Road Nepal Conference 2017 concluded with 8-point declaration here in Kathmandu on Thursday. One Belt One Road (OBOR), also known as Belt and Road initiative,... More

‘Nepal, China all-weather friends’


Reaffirming Nepal’s unwavering commitment to one-China policy, leaders of political parties have stress on the need to have a closer look at its northern neighbour. Leaders of CPN-UNL, Rastriya Prajatantra Party, and... More

Global consultation on migrant health in Colombo next month


The second Global Consultation on Migration Health (GCMH) will be held in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, from February 21-23 to address the issues of all migrant categories and the... More

Fortify digital financial flows


Leading bankers, economists and experts suggested at SAARC Finance seminar a combined move for tightening any loopholes in anti-money laundering compliances and cyber-security mechanisms to fortify financial flows. They also called upon... More
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Framework for Cooperation Conference Begins in Kabul


The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP)-facilitated Framework for Cooperation Conference kicked off in capital Kabul on Wednesday. Over 400 civil society, media and government representatives from... More

New Silk Road: Beijing Offers Viable Alternative to Western-Type Economic Model


Over the last 30 years the People's Republic of China (PRC) with its indigenous model of economic development has turned into one of the most influential global powers. In light of... More

Nepali PM stresses trans-Himalayan cooperation for development


  Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, while addressing a seminar on “Trans-Himalayan Cooperation beyond Trilateral Discourse”, said that the trans-Himalayan cooperation could be a platform for trilateral collaboration among Nepal, India and China. He... More

COLUMN

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

Accountability across the board

Sharif’s utter contempt of the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent ruling, and by default the rule of law, was exposed blatantly for public viewing during his YATRA along the GT Road. This confirmed that the 1998 PML(N) mob attack on... More

Myanmar’s military launches counter insurgency operation against Muslim...

The Myanmar military has air-dropped hundreds of troops into the country's strife-torn western Rakhine state in preparation for a surgical operation intended to route out accused Muslim rebels and insurgents, according to military sources. The deployment of the 33rd... More

Kashmir: Produced by 1947, sustained by Indo-Pakistan thereafter

As Pakistan celebrated August 1947 and India celebrates and mourn both, Kashmir bled in a war called by many names since 1947. To India, Kashmir is split into two with Pakistan occupying one half and to Pakistan the story... More

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

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READER'S VIEW

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate... More

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